They say that in a choir if there is no conductor moderating, one could end up singing louder than required. That dear friends, is the Lombard effect. And the title was to inform you that without moderation we would probably have sung like no tomorrow about our adventures in Lombardy…
We were fortunate that while based in Amsterdam, one of the cities Mel had to frequent for business was Cremona. Now the main gateway remains Milan (here), with two airports in the city (Malpensa and Linate) he preferred the latter since it was nearer to town. But flights to that airport were limited and sometimes of poor timing.
So what did he do?
Instead, Mel (and Suan) took budget flights to nearby Bergamo instead. While it was not nearer from a physical location standpoint, it was less crowded on the roads. After all, Milan is a metropolis and traffic conditions quite tough. And because of this we had the opportunity to drive the ‘countryside’ of Lombardy. Definitely recommended. Not quite like Tuscany, many a time the weather was gloomy, wet and cold.
However do not be mistaken that Lombardy is unwelcoming. For we climbed cliff-top towns, did ‘pilgrimages’ and pretended to be music students. All within this diverse and beautiful region. Have to admit it is not high up on the ranking of tourists but you would be missing out if you write off Lombardy.
Wanna know more? Perhaps read our story here to decided if you might want to add lombardy on your bucket list.
This is not a post promoting Lombardy. We are not paid to do so!
Anyway this ends our Italian series. Time to switch back to the good ole’ US of A. Watch out for it! We are surely a singing louder and louder…